How do you train employees for these enhanced skill requirements? Many are turning to Registered Apprenticeships to fill the void.
According to Why Apprenticeships are Taking Off, registered apprenticeships, not to be confused with less formal or company-specific apprentice programs, have five defining features:
- Employers pay participants during their training.
- Programs meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) or state apprenticeship agencies.
- Programs provide both on-the-job learning and job-related classroom or technical instruction.
- On-the-job learning is conducted under the direction of a mentor.
- The training results in an industry-recognized credential that certifies occupational proficiency.
Apprenticeships allow employers to hire and train workers with the necessary skills, while students can avoid an unnecessary financial burden of student loans. According to the Department of Labor, 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing apprenticeship programs, with an average starting salary above $50,000.
Registered Apprenticeship programs make a lot of sense in both urban and rural settings, and are easier to implement and facilitate than you may realize. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor offers several registered Apprenticeship programs, backed by curriculum from leaders in education, like Amatrol.
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